I’m Going To A Porn Convention

This weekend, Exxxotica Miami is in town. This is a giant porn show that only happens in Miami, LA, Las Vegas, New Jersey & London. I am teaming up with some guys from xxxchurch.com and other people who will be on this mini weekend mission trip where we will set up a booth at the convention and pass out Bibles that say “Jesus Loves Porn Stars” and pray for people.

Now I understand that for many of you objections are flying around in your head already. Some Christians look at people in the porn industry with a heart of judgement because of what they do, rather than looking at them as humans created in the image of God with eyes of compassion.

With that being said, this in no way waters down the importance of the gospel. I 100% disagree with their lifestyle and I am not condoning it. I believe that it is unbiblical, sinful, and like anyone else, if they do not repent of their sin they are destined to hell. But with that being said, I believe that these people need the power of the gospel in their lives just as much as you and I. They need to know the love of Christ and the sacrifice that He made for them. They need to know the same compassion that we experienced through another person, not condemnation.

In addition to all this, the reality is is that some of you reading this blog and will in one breath condemn pornography, but the reality is, is that you are held in its clutches. You also need the life transforming power of the gospel. If that is you, feel free to email me privately and it would be my honor to talk and pray with you. E-Mail me at ross at southcoastchurch dot tv

Why do I want to go? A few reasons. One of the things that drew me to Miami was the extreme, unreached nature of this city. It is one of, if not, the most unchurched city in America with less the 3% of people attending any form of a church. With the high Latino, generally Catholic population, we can estimate about 1-1.5% protestant Evangelical. There are literally not many cities in the planet that have less evangelicals than Miami percentage wise. I want to be where there is a need. Its how God has wired me. I’m no better than someone in a city with many great churches, its just where God has me. I am drawn to take the life changing power of the gospel to dark places, places where there is massive need. As you could imagine, there is a massive need at a porn convention.

Secondly, I want to see how xxxchurch.com ministers to people in this lifestyle. I don’t have any experience with this lifestyle or with ministering to people who do this for a living, but Miami is absolutely full of sexual perversion, it is a huge issue in all of south Florida. I think this will help make me a better minister of the gospel. I also believe it will give me deeper compassion and brokenness for my city.

Thirdly, this is my city. Miami is where I live, raise my kids, plant this church, its where I am committed to doing life. I want to see the spiritual climate changed in such a way that there is no market for Exxotica Miami to come back here. I want to go in praying, believe God for miracles and life change. I have to do something about the spiritual climate in my city. Its not someone else’s job its mine. In all of my years of ministry I’ve never seen complaining to other Christians about the state of our culture save one person. I’m sick of Christians doing that. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

Lastly, it sure didn’t seem to be an issue to Jesus. He had no problem not only hanging around prostitutes but actually defending them in front of others…….when they were not saved. When was the last time I hung out with a prostitute or someone of ill repute in our society and just loved them? I can’t remember.

I think many Christians unfortunately do not live lives like those of Jesus Christ. I believe He would go to the darkest parts of our cities. He would go to the sick, broken people and preach the gospel and love them and serve them. Remember, Jesus didn’t come to save those who are healthy, but those who are sick. 

So what am I asking you for? I am not asking for your money, its coming out of my pocket. I am paying for it myself, I think of it as a spiritual investment in my city. We pay the ministry so that they can print up  Bibles, rent booth space and print up materials to give to people at the convention. I am asking for your prayers. We will be there Friday, Saturday & Sunday and training and dinner together with the team Thursday night. Amy is going to come along for part of it with me. I know we are going into a spiritually dark place so I am going to fast tomorrow (Wednesday) and pray and consecrate myself to God. Pray that God gives me the discipline and victory over lust in my own life at this convention. Pray that I would honor Jesus and make him known. Pray that lives would be transformed. Pray the same prayers for Amy.

I would love to know that you are praying for us this weekend. Please leave a comment and let other people know also. Retweet out this blog, link it on your Facebook profile, spread the word, I’ll take all the prayers I can get. Thanks!

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15 thoughts on “I’m Going To A Porn Convention

  1. I pray that you may not be seen by those attending but that they only see Christ in you.

    I pray that those you encounter may experience true unadulterated love which can only come from Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

    I pray that God may give you the right words to speak in every conversation you have.

    I pray that the Holy Spirit may refrain you from speaking when you shouldn’t.

    I pray that God may protect your mind during this time of ministry and the days to follow.

    I will have our church praying for you and your team.

    I look forward to hearing your report.

  2. Father, I thank you so much for Ross and Amy and their willingness to reach out to those who need you desperately. To reach out to those who are often overlooked or ignored. Please prepare their hearts and minds. Please be their strength and equip them with love for these people that can only come from You. I pray that you will beging working in the hearts of those attending the conference that their hearts would be tender and receptive to Your Word and that their hearts would be broken with godly sorrow that leads to repentance. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  3. Well said Ross. Have a fruiful weekend. I’m praying for salvations. Wouldn’t it be crazy to get saved at a porn conference? Keep up the great work in Miami. Cheers from an EN bro in Malaysia.

  4. Praying for you brother. May the Lord use you richly for His gospel! Please pray for me as well. I will be in South Beach Friday night with a small group of believers spreading the gospel of the kingdom as well!

  5. I pray Lord that you will will be with your servants in this outreach. Give them your words to reach these people that are no more lost than any of us were. I pray that hearts would be changed and that you would protect the hearts of your servants. Lord I pray that any one that visits this event and is caught in the hold of pornography will find the courage to approach this team and find freedom. Amen.

    Brother I am so proud of you!

  6. Awesome Ross! I will be praying for you and your family. Thanks for ushering in the light in this very dark place. It will be unexpected but it will also bring them face to face with the truth which will set them free.

    Blessings, protection and Holy Spirit anointing over you and your family.

    Cindy

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